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In one of your pictures from the Atlas Stone Co. Featuring Bill (Popeye) Stanford, he is shown standing on the operating platform of No.5 Machine during its commissioning in the early 60s. This machine was designed to produce Profile 3″ sheets and was the widest machine in operation as it produced double width sheets. I was his M/C. Assistant at that time (spare man). He was a pleasure to work with and taught me much.
A sister of Samuel Woods – the publican of the Bell in the 1860s – married into the Wing family. My grandmother was a member of the Woods family – her grandfather was a brother of Samuel.
I knew the Spiller family. Jim Spiller worked at the Atlas as a maintenance fitter; there were two children Ken and Pam. Ken married and lived in Bognor; he died approx 10 years ago. Pam lives in Louisiana USA and I’m still in touch with her. After they left The Sailors Return they lived in Whaddon.
There may be some confusion, as there have been two village shops known as Warren’s. The one mentioned on this page was in Whitecroft Road. The shop that is now One Stop, in the High Street, was known as Warren’s Bakehouse in the early 1900s. From 1955 to 1965 it was run by Mr & Mrs Salisbury. See this page on our website for further details: https://www.meldrethhistory.org.uk/the-village/streets/high_street-3/from_warrens_to_one_stop
The Hutchinsons had the shop after the Bacons I think? I lived opposite the shop with my parents from 1963 until 1981 and loved popping over the road to get my sweets with my pocket money!!
Before the Warrens had the shop was it run by the Salisbury sisters as I have a vague memory of a little shop with a door on the side of the building? We would go there on our way to school to buy sweets. As I recall it was very small inside and must have undergone alterations in the mid 1960s.
David taught me Spanish for my final two years at Richard Hale 1977-1978. He was indeed highly regarded by pupils but I remember him for his sense of humour and constant smile – even when I turned up drunk for my Spanish A level oral exam! I have just moved to Spain and wondered what he would have thought so decided to see if I could get in touch. So sorry to hear of his passing.
I am related to the Moxon family of Meldreth & have traced a lot of the family tree. I am very interested in any direct descendants of the Moxons, also Pepper, Mead & Hinkins. I grew up in Melbourn & never realised that I had so many relatives nearby.
Ernest Hale is my Great Grandfather. His sons George (my Grandfather) and Bernard also worked on the railways.
My great great grandfather is George Eustace Charles Hale (Sutton) and i would like some more information (and hopefully photos!) of his family and the family, I have facebook twitter and instagram if anyone would be kind enough to contact me.
I am currently doing the family tree so all and info will help!
Stephen Schiavo, my husband and I have lived in the cottage since it was restored after the 2010 fire. It is now called Apple Tree Cottage but the apple tree in the front yard had been removed before we came to live in the cottage. It is much more ‘modern’ now than you remember it; the back has been extended to accommodate a modern kitchen and a third bedroom and en suite bathroom upstairs. Please come and visit to see for yourself when you are next in England.
Brian was a fun person to be around. We shared many a laugh concerning the frustrations of dealing with large companies on the telephone such as BT and British Gas! He had many funny stories about his time at Royston Bowls Club, but most of all he loved talking about his early life in Meldreth.It was a privilege to have known Brian.
I can’t help with any information about Daisy’s wedding to Robert Fish but can only say that without them, my grandparents Edward Pepper (Daisy’s brother) and Annie Spiller would never have met! This is what my Aunty Iris wrote about it in her autobiography:
”My parents met in London, each on the rebound after an unhappy love affair. My mother was working as a tea packer and had been in love with a ‘sharp’ young Cockney boy who had fallen in love with someone else and jilted her. She used to go to a mission and assist in voluntary work and she found a friend there in the Minister’s wife. The Minister was a young Scot and they were working at the Mission prior to an assignment to go to New Zealand and become missionaries to the Maori people. The Minister’s wife was my father’s older sister Daisy and he came to London to visit her before she left and to recover from the fact that his girlfriend, a gentle country girl, had married another. My mother and he were attracted, they shared a love of music, an interest in the church and helping others and after two years of correspondence and occasional visiting, my mother left London to start a new life in the country as a farmer’s wife”
My grandmother Annie lived in Southwark so I presume that the Mission mentioned was local to her. I would love to know where it was and more about that in general.
Hi Jo. You don’t have a photo of Edwin do you by any chance?
I am researching my Howard relatives. James Howard was a churchwarden of Meldreth parish in 1680 when he purchased a Register for the Parish. Several generations of Howard farmers lived in Meldreth. Another James Howard (1748-1816) was deacon of the Independent Chapel at Melbourn. Many generations later my great grandfather Henry Howard (1841-1926) chose Meldreth as the name for his house in Coley Avenue, Woking. It retains the name today. My aunt Barbara Howard (1919-2008) emigrated to New Zealand and chose Meldreth as the name for her farm in Fairlie on the Canterbury Plains. My grandfather Sir Henry Howard (1874-1943) was senior bursar of St John’s College Cambridge.
Sadly I do not have any details of where they lived in Meldreth or whether any distant Howard relatives still live there.
Sunday 2nd March 1958, I was in a house down here watching Buddy Holly on TV at the London Palladium.
I remember Sergeant Brookbank and the local bobbies. They were all good and would stop and talk to you. But, I wonder if the Sergeant remembered coming to Dolphin Lane on the occasion of our Polish lodger having a gun and causing trouble? I would have been around 12 yrs old so this would have been 1958. The lodger was taken away and never seen again.
We have received some information about the “train” depicted in the picture which Bernard O’Connor identified as a Ransomes and Rapier engine:
“The locomotive would appear to be a modified portable engine, a very primitive contraption. Rail adapted traction engines enjoyed a limited success, but this machine is in a class of its own. It does not resemble any of the locomotives listed in the book Ransomes and Rapier Locomotives by Chris Fisher and Keith Halton, published by The Narrow Gauge Railway Society”. We do not know if it was modified by the manufacturer or locally.
Had my photo taken sitting in the stocks, late 1950s.
I would love to see my old family home as I’m a Croxall
Lovely cottage, and it could well be about 300 years old as my ancestor John Wayment married Hannah Fordham in Meldreth on 5/10/1740.
Remember my Dad (Fred) visiting this pub many times, and on one occasion falling from his bicycle breaking his arm on the way home to Melbourn. Can’t begin to think how that could have happened!
My Grandad Andrew Howard owned this farm, probably just before this.
David Here lived in a caravan at the Flint Cross when my husband John and I lived in the other caravan. It was soon after we got married in 1960. Doris also lived there with him. But I heard he had a wife and children at Melbourn.
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